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Energising Scientific Endeavour through Science Gateways and e-Infrastructures in Africa

Objective

In African Communities of Practice (CoPs), international collaboration and the pursuit of scientific endeavour has faced a major barrier with the lack of access to e-Infrastructures and high performance network infrastructure enjoyed by European counterparts. With AfricaConnect, the proposed AfricaConnect2 and regional developments, this situation is changing rapidly. In the project Teaming-up for exploiting e-Infrastructures' potential to boost RTDI in Africa (eI4Africa) it has been demonstrated clearly that it is possible to develop e-Infrastructures in Africa. It has also been demonstrated clearly that, as with the rest of the world, easy to use web portals, or Science Gateways, are needed to help CoPs to easily access e-Infrastructure facilities and through these collaborate with CoPs across the world. However, a major problem exists: it is very difficult for non-experts to develop Science Gateways and supporting e-Infrastructures. Elements of guides and supporting materials exist but these are either written for different audiences or out of date. This present Coordination and Support Action, called Energising Scientific Endeavour through Science Gateways and e-Infrastructures in Africa (Sci-GaIA), therefore proposes to bring together these materials into clearly structured guides and educational documents that can be used to train and support representatives of NRENs, CoPs and, importantly, Universities to develop Science Gateways and other e-Infrastructures services in Africa. Sci-GaIA plans to work with new and emerging CoPs to develop these exciting technologies, to strengthen e-Infrastructure service provision, especially in terms of open access linked data, and to deliver training and dissemination workshops. This will give a sustainable foundation on which African e-Infrastructures can be developed and be linked to scientific networks across Africa. Importantly, the results of our project will be usable by CoPs in Europe and the rest of the world.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

H2020-INFRASUPP-2014-2
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 274 250

Participants (8)

SIGMA ORIONIS SA

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 117 812,50
Address
Route Des Dolines 1240 Buropolis Sophia Antipolis
06560 Valbonne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE UBUNTUNET ALLIANCE FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATION NETWORKING
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 92 500
Address
Singel 468 D
1017 AW Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CATANIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 249 312,50
Address
Piazza Universita 2
95131 Catania
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICAN RESEARCH AND EDUCATION NETWORK
Ghana
EU contribution
€ 96 875
Address
African Universities House, 11 Aviation Road Extension
5744 Accra
Activity type
Other
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 176 875
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DAR ES SALAAM INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Tanzania
EU contribution
€ 89 000
Address
Bibi Titi Mohammed Street And Morongoro Road Junction
Dar Es Salaam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 134 375
Address
Nobels Vag 5
17177 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 108 125
Address
Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria 46
0001 Pretoria
Activity type
Research Organisations